Here is a shortened version of today’s The Leicester Mercury article.
Daring couple land a big-screen adventure
Almost everyone has typed their name into an internet search engine just for fun, but most people don’t manage to blag a film role and a holiday in New York as a result.
Paul Sinclair, a former Pentecostal minister from Measham, Googled himself and wife Marian and found out an American film crew was making an independent movie called The Adventures of Paul and Marian.
The 45-year-old, who now runs a motorcycle hearse service, cheekily e-mailed the production crew, saying: “You can’t do a movie with our names! We should at least get a cameo part!”
“I thought, ‘I can’t miss a chance like this’,” said Paul.
“I told them I did stunt riding for fun, how I ran the UK’s first ever motorcycle funeral business and I had been a minister.”
His dream came true when the team e-mailed back and invited him and Marian to the set, where Paul filmed three scenes.
“I couldn’t believe it,” he said. It transpired that the original script for the romantic comedy had included a motorcycle-riding vicar, who was removed from the final cut.
Paul convinced them to put the character back in, and hire him for the role.
“I said to them, if I can get you a motorbike, can I have a speaking part? The cheek of me! They said yes.
“I said, ‘we’ve not had a holiday in eight years’, so they got us places to stay, and it was brilliant.
“It was worth more than money.”
The Adventures of Paul and Marian is about a couple who fall in love and elope.
The Paul in the story quickly realises he cannot support Marian’s opulent lifestyle, so he goes off on an adventure with her.
While embarking on their mission they are chased by a couple of goons employed by her father who wants to prevent the couple being together.
In the film, the “British” Paul is woken up by the eloping couple, who need a vicar to conduct their wedding ceremony.
“I got it right first time,” he said. “It was quite funny because the film crew didn’t know my background.
“They just assumed I was an accomplished actor.”
The Adventures of Paul and Marian is a self-funded project, paid for by internet donations.
It is hoped to hit screens next year.
Director Jay Stern said: “I received an e-mail from a married couple in England claiming to be ‘the real Paul and Marian’.
“As it turned out, they were quite a couple.
“In addition to running a motorcycle funeral company, Paul is a vicar with quite the sense of humour.
“I think they would make a nice team for a movie of their own.”